HIV, STD and Hepatitis Branch

HIV/AIDS Care and Treatment Services


San Diego County receives approximately $12 million in combined Ryan White Treatment Extension Act (RWTEA) funding from the federal Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). This includes RWTEA Part A and Minority AIDS Initiative (MAI) and funding through the California Office of AIDS (RWTEA Part B) to provide medical care and other treatment and support services for people living with HIV/AIDS (PLWH/A) in San Diego County who are uninsured or underinsured.

RWTEA funds are the payer of last resort for individuals with limited resources. The main goals for all funded programs are to provide 100% access, have 0% disparity and improve health outcomes for PLWH/A. Particular focus is given to (1) individuals with HIV disease who know their HIV status and are not receiving primary medical care; and (2) disparities in access and service utilization among affected subpopulations and historically under-served communities.

The San Diego HIV Health Services Planning Council is responsible for allocating local RWTEA funds to specific services for PLWH/A. The 45-member Planning Council, appointed by the County Board of Supervisors, includes consumers, providers and subject-matter experts. Once funds have been received and final service allocations determined by the Planning Council, the HIV, STD and Hepatitis Branch (HSHB) ensures that services are available in the community by contracting with various community-based organizations, clinics and other agencies. HSHB monitors the contractors to document that services are delivered appropriately.

Ryan White service client eligibility requirements.

The continuum of local RWTEA Part A, Part B and MAI services administered through HSHB include:

Essential Core Medical Services

  • HIV Primary Care: free quality medical care by HIV specialists at community clinics and UCSD
  • Medical Specialty Care, including consults, tests and necessary procedures, available with prior authorization
  • Home and Community-Based Health Services
  • Dental Care
  • Mental Health Treatment: Psychological + Psychiatric Services
  • Substance Abuse Treatment (Outpatient)
  • Home Health / Home Hospice
  • Medical Case Management
  • Early Intervention Services
    • Countywide Integrated Services for Women, Children and Families
      Regional Services
      • Early Intervention Centers (EICs) - coordinated services sites in outlying regions, targeting people of color (3 centers funded directly in North County, South Bay, Southeast San Diego, targeting people of color; 2 other centers operate with other funds)
    • Field Outreach - in all regions - connected to all 6 EICs, including WCF Center
  • MAI Services:
    • Targeted Client Advocacy to link and keep in care:
      • African Americans, including work with faith-based community
      • Latinos
      • Asians/Pacific Islanders and Native Americans
    • Case Management, Mental Health, Substance Abuse services targeting dually/multiply diagnosed people of color

Support Services:

  • Housing: Emergency Assistance & Shallow Rent Subsidy (PARS)
  • Residential Substance Abuse Treatment
  • Home-Delivered Meals
  • Transportation: assisted (van) and unassisted (passes)
  • Emergency Financial Assistance
  • Legal services

For information on specific HIV/AIDS care and treatment service providers, please visit

For information related to the San Diego HIV Planning Council and its committees, including meeting materials and reports, visit the Planning Council website at

For more information on the RWTEA and the services it covers, please visit the HRSA HIV/AIDS Bureau website. Information is also available on the California Office of AIDS website.


For more information, phone 619-293-4700 or send us an email.

Last updated December 30, 2015.